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We couldn't quite figure out how to bring all of you to Mardi Gras, so how about we bring a little bit of Mardi Gras to you! Here's 2016 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow Joseph Pierre "Big Chief Monk" Boudreaux--a master Mardi Gras Indian Craftsman and Musician--at the 2016...
Here is 2016 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow Theresa Secord on the importance of the folk and traditional arts. Stay tuned for more from the October 2018 NEA and NASAA convening, Close Listening: A National Case for the Value and Impact of Folk and Traditional Arts as well...
"The arts draw our communities together, they tell our stories, they question power, they elicit our emotions, they strive for justice and equity, and they inspire us to imagine new possibilities." — Aaron Jungels According to Aaron Jungels, co-artistic director of Everett: Company, Stage and...
"Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you're doing. If you're not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it." -- Aretha Franklin
When the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) was established by Congress in 1962, its founding legislation dictated that the museum was limited to collecting paintings and statuary. As NPG Assistant Curator of Photographs Leslie Ureña pointed out, “the history of portraiture is for the elite, so we had...
When 25-year-old Gordon Parks picked up his first camera around 1937, he had already survived a period of homelessness, tried his hand at composing music, and worked as a waiter on one of Northern Pacific Railway’s luxury trains. He was years away from being Life magazine’s first African-American...
Goldie Goldbloom—NEA Creative Writing Fellow and new NEA Big Read author—grew up in Western Australia. On her family farm in the country’s rural outback, her grandparents hosted Italian prisoners of war during World War II, which inspired Goldbloom to write her award-winning novel, The Paperbark...
"Just like moons and like suns, /With the certainty of tides,/ Just like hopes springing high,/ Still I’ll rise.” — Maya Angelou (from "Still I Rise" ) For Black History Month, revisit our interview with the filmmakers behind the Maya Angelou documentary , which takes its name from her poem, a...
At age 16, Reginald Dwayne Betts was tried and convicted as an adult for carjacking. Since his release at age 24, Betts has become an attorney, a doctoral candidate at Yale Law School, an award-winning poet, essayist, and memoirist, and an advocate for juvenile justice reform. His most recent...
Jazz musicians and advocates receive the NEA Jazz Master Fellowship—the highest honor the nation bestows on jazz artists—because of the indelible mark they have made on the history of jazz, and on our country. From the moment they receive the honor they become a part of our nation's living history...

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